Monday, August 18, 2008

Laughter: The Shortest Distance Between 2 People

One of the things I do at my day job is to circulate jokes. I also make use of humor when I teach or do readings for people when it seems appropriate. Work can be stressful and demanding, so lightening things up a little bit helps produce a few smiles all around. A small joke emailed to a colleague working under pressure could be just enough to let them connect with you through a little chuckle, or better yet, a hearty laugh, and then resume their work with a refreshed attitude.

Why do you think that the medieval and renaissance courts always included jesters? They could say things to the kings and queens in the guise of humor that other people could not say openly. Their wisdom was respected, and their humor insulated them from harsh rebukes, because the sovereign might be smiling as they mulled over what was said. In other words, the quick wit of the jester could cover a greater distance in a short time than other courtiers might with long and roundabout approaches to a delicate topic. Excellent examples of this abound in Shakespeare's plays.

Research into healing has also shown that laughter releases endorphins and stimulates the immune system.

When meeting new people isn't a joke always a good way to increase the positive energy?
Here's an interesting observation. How many authors can you think of who write books that can make you stop and laugh? Probably not nearly as many as you can name who write mystery or crime novels, romance novels or science fiction and fantasy novels.

Yet one of the most enduring entertainment forms is standup comedy, which are the current court jesters. Every city has comedy clubs that feature these people.

Hearty laughter is good for the heart.

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